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John Jay Middle School’s Drama Club presents William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Macbeth followed by Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's lighthearted love triangle, at the John Jay Middle School Theater on November 17 – 19 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available before each show at the theater box office.
There is also a complimentary theater package for seniors on Saturday, November 19, made possible by the John Jay Middle School (JJMS) Parent Teacher Organization. It includes a luncheon at noon at the JJMS cafeteria followed by a 1:00 p.m. show. Seniors should sign up by e-mail with Jjmspto@yahoo.com.
This is the fall production of the JJMS Drama Club, comprised of student actors, artists and stage crew. Macbeth features Edwin Middleton as Macbeth, Nina Calves as Lady Macbeth, and Paul Newcomb as Duncan. Twelfth Night features Caroline Weiss as Olivia, Charlie Simonsen as Malvolio, and Scott Weinstein as Orinoco.
The Drama Club immerses students in performance and production. Director David Fritsch—a veteran of 27 shows at JJMS—also performs in and directs community theater in the area. Co-producers Marcia Daley-Savo and Gloria Miller have produced numerous musicals and dramas here at JJMS.
Parents including Jan Bullard, Suzanne Hall Fritsch, Diane Miritello, Chris Shapland, Joe Sipos, and Pat Rooney helped the students with stage craft. Peter Linz, a puppeteer with The Muppets, constructed three larger-than-life witch puppet for Macbeth that the actors will wear as oversized backpacks.